But former Aussie captain Shane Warne had plenty of support to keep him going.
Fiancée Elizabeth Hurley, her son and his two daughters cheered on the 42-year-old from the stands as he took part in a match between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder.
“Hoarse from shouting with his foghorn daughters and my equally yobby son,” Elizabeth wrote later on Twitter.
Shane was grateful for the encouragement: “@ElizabethHurley Thanks for your support and our children's I could hear you all yelling from the stands I think you're enjoying the cricket x,” he tweeted back.
Earlier, Elizabeth - who had never seen a cricket match before this summer - revealed she was getting into her husband's sport.
"I like cricket talk - as long as it's about who likes who and who eats what and who's dating who etc," she posted.
She also tweeted about some behind-the-scenes drama surrounding Shane's comeback.
"Oops..@warne888 not wearing his 23 shirt....think teenage daughter stole it. SW no 12 today....." she said.
Earlier this month the couple and their children were the picture of a happy family as a statue was unveiled in the cricketer’s honour.